OPDX 630 October 13, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 630
BID: $OPDX.630
October 13, 2003
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, W2SC, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5AU, N5FG, W5UE, K6IPV, K8YSE, CE6TBN, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR & IOTA-Post, F5NQL & UFT, G3NKC, G4CXT, IT9BLB, JA1ELY, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JP1NWZ & JA CQ Magazine, OD5NJ, OM3JW, OZ5AAH, PS7JN, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3TPZ, VE3XAP and VK2GJH for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th/October, through Sunday, 12th/October there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BV9P, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VK9X, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZL, ZL8, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

The 3C0V operation ended prematurely last weekend (October 4th) when the operators were told by local authorities to stop operating. Some operators left the island and some were held. Details were very thin, but OPDX was told the last operator has left the island on October 10th.

Shota, 4L6AM, will be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (20m)/High Power entry. QSL direct to address on Buck.com.

Scott, W4SO, will be active as 4M5X in the CQWW CW Contest as a Single Band (20m) entry. Activity will be from the QTH of Ramon, YV5EED. QSL via W4SO.

Pedro, HK3JJH, was active Sunday, October 12th, on 14260 kHz starting just before 1300z. This was to be a one day operation only. HOWEVER, as this was being typed, Carl, N4AA, Editor of "QRZ DX", informs OPDX that Pedro may be able to go back and operate the station again next Monday or Wednesday, but that is uncertain at this time.

A well equipped team lead by Yuu, JR2KDN (also known as VP6DIA), will be going to Timor Leste between October 22-28th. The team consists of three good DX operators: Yuu/JR2KDN, Yasu/JI1NJC (also known as ZK1NJC from North Cook) and Shu/JH1SWD. They will operate on all HF bands from 160-6 meters on CW/SSB/RTTY. They will also be active on AO-40 Satellite. Yuu hopes to participate in the CQ WWDX SSB Contest as 4W2A. For 6m and AO-40 activity, the following information was provided:
* A 6m beacon will be transmitted on 50.095 MHz with following message: CQ CQ DE 4W4W 4W4W K
* AO-40, look for them around the main beacon + 30 kHz.
QSL 4W1SW via JI1NJC, 4W2A via JR2KDN and 4W4W via JI1NJC.
JH1SWD - Shuichi Matumoto: 2-15-16 Nakanaru, Hitachi, 316-0007 JAPAN
JI1NJC - Yasuyuki Iizuka: P.O.Box 3, Naka, 311-0100 JAPAN
JR2KDN - Yuichi Yoshida: 4th Floor, Kato Building, 529 Rokugaike, Nagoya, 462-0002 JAPAN

Look for Tom, W2SC, to be active as 8P1A in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via NT1N. He will arrive the Monday before the contest and be active on the non-WARC bands each day just to test out the equipment.

Tohru/JA0UMV (a member of JA0-DX-GANG) and his friend Koji/ JI1LET, will be on their first ever DXpedition from Katmandu, Nepal, between October 20-29th. Tohru applied for 9N7MV and Koji applied for 9N7ET. They will be active on 40-10 meters, including WARC bands, and participate in the CQ WWDX SSB Contest. Before the contest they will be active on CW and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign direct or by the JARL bureau.
JA0UMV, Tohru Kataoka: 15-9 Sakae, Kamo, 959-1382 JAPAN
JI1LET, Koji Iijima: 7-12 Tenma, Gyoda, 361-0076 JAPAN

Due to a typhoon, the BQ9P was delayed in reaching the island until October 9th . Operators BV4FH, BV3FG, BV3BW, DL3DXX, DK7YY, JI6KVR, ZL4PO, OE1WHC and N2OO had to go back to Kaohshung and take a commercial charter plane to Pratas. Activity is all over the bands. They are expected to stay until October 16th. QSL via KU9C. The BQ9P's Web site is at:


Tatsuhiko, JD1BKQ, will be active as BW3/JD1BKQ in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via JR3PZW.

Magnolia DX Association member Terry, W8JE, will be active as W8JE/C6A from Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (NA-080) in the Bahamas, October 20-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB, CW and possibly RTTY. He will also participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as W8JE/C6A (Single Op). QSL direct or Bureau to W8JE. Floyd, N5FG, will act as his pilot station.

Look for Pete, VE3IKV, to be active from Sint Maarten (PJ7), Saba (PJ6) and Saint Martin (FS) between November 8-15th. He will use the callsign PJ7/VA3RA/m, FS/VA3RA/m and PJ6/VA3RA/m. Activity will be mainly 10 and 6 meters, CW/SSB. QSL via VE3 bureau (slow) or direct (fast). The following times were mentioned: Asia 1100z; Europe 1200-1700z, North/South America and TEP 2200-0000z.

Ben, OZ5AAH, will be active as CT3/OZ5IPA from October 21st to November 2nd. Activity will be only CW/SSB mostly on the WARC bands. Also, Ben will be active in the International Police Association Contest

(info at: http://ipa-rc.de )
. QSL direct to: Ben Jakobsen, Gjethus parken 25, DK-3300 Frederiksvaerk (Denmark).

Operators DH1TW, DK2PH, DK5TX, DK8FS, DJ6QT, LX1NO, OH4XX and OH6RX will be active as CT9L in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Before and after the contest, operators will use their own call/CT3. QSL via their home callsign.

Operators DL1EFD, DL1QW, DL1YD, DJ6QT, I2VXJ, IK2QEI, SM2EKM and W8LU will be active as CT9L in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Before and after the contest, operators will use their own call/CT3. QSL via their home callsign.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:

     Chesterfield Island  - TX0AT (October, 2002 operation)
     Timor-Leste          - 4W2DN
     Afghanistan          - YA1D, YA0J and YA1RS
     Iraq                 - YI/KV4EB

Champ, E21EIC, will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single Band (15m) entry. He states that he will use a mobile antenna on a door up 20m and 100W. QSL ok via direct or Bureau.

HK0, SAN ANDRES (Update)
It is official now! The seven members of the Florida DXPedition Group will be using the callsign 5J0X in the CQWW SSB Contest. Outside of the contest they will sign HK0/N2WB, HK0/KR4DA, HK0/W9AAZ, HK0/K4QD, HK0/N1WON, HK0/W1LR, and HK0/W4WX. You may QSL direct or via the bureau. Logs will also be available on LoTW. QSL 5J0X via N1WON, HK0/N2WB via N2OO, and all others via their home callsigns.

AF-018. Members of "Tikirriki Contest Club" will be active again during the next CQWW DX SSB Contest as IH9P from Pantelleria Island (African Italy - CQ Zone:33, IIA:TP-01, WAIP:TP). It will be the first Multi/Two operation ever from African Italy. Operators (JA3USA, OL5Y, I2IFT, I8QLS, IK2ANI, IK2CIO, IK2HKT, IK2RZP, IK7JWY, IK8ETA, IN3QGY, IT9BLB and IT9ZMX) are expected to arrive on the island October 18th. Some CW and RTTY activity will be possible before the contest using personal callsigns /IH9. Operations are widely supported again by "Sezione A.R.I. di Bergamo" and "I.T.C. Industria Tecnica Cavi". Their Web page is at: http://www.ih9p.com/ (to be updated)

EU-052. Operators SV8CS, SV2DCD, IK2QEI, IK4MTF, IK2SGC and IZ2AAJ will use the special callsign SY8A in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi-Single. The QTH is Zante Island, from the house of Spiros, SV8CS. NOTE: This is NOT Mount Athos.

NA-069. The North Port ARC will do a six hour DXpedition to Cayo Costa (USI FL-464S, Lee county), Florida, (accessible only via boat), on October 18th, operating under Field Day conditions. The team will consist of Carl/K1ARL, Al/WD4A, Mike/KA9WIE and possibly others. They will try to have at least two bands on at all times. Activity will be on 40 meters and up. QSL via operator's instructions.

NA-151. Birger, OZ1GER, will be active as OX3UB during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) from Christian IV Island or Prins Christian Island which is listed in the IOTA Directory. QSL via OZ1GER.

SA-086. Marco, CE6TBN, informs OPDX that due to some personal problems by several team members, the team had to change the dates of their 3G2D expedition to Damas Island to November 25-28th.

Malcolm, G4CXT, informs OPDX that a full list of UK stations participating in the World Scout event Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) on October 18-19th can be found at this Web site:

Also, this list has details of location, operating schedules, JOTA weekend E-mail addresses and websites etc..........

Yoichi Sakurada, JP1NWZ, Editor of JA CQ Ham Radio Magazine, informs OPDX that Satoshi/JE1JKL (NH6J), Seiichiro/JF1SQC (KH0DQ), Nob/JH1EAQ, Yoichi/JP1NWZ (AH7X) and Tom/JA5OVU (K1RJ) will be active as KH0AA from Saipan, October 23-27th, CQ WW DX Phone Contest included. They will be as a Multi-Two entry. Outside of the contest they will be on SSB, CW and the WARC bands as well. QSL via JA5DQH (bureau or direct to: Akito Nagi, P.O. Box 88, Tokushima, 770-8691 JAPAN).

Members of the Kettering Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the old lighthouse on Lundy Island from October 14-20th. Their callsign will be GB4LI. Activity will be on all HF bands. Operators are G0NFL, G4VID, G0AQP and G4TTX.

The "BAD POWER Team" will be active as LT1F during the CQWW SSB Contest as Multi-Multi entry. The operators are LU1FAM, LU1FKR, LU1FGE, LU1FMO, LU2DLKT, LU3FZW, LU4DX, LU5DX, LU5HM, LU9HS, LU8VCC, LU7VCH, LU1FJ, LU1FT, LU6ETB, LU8EKC, LU3CQ and LU8ADX. QSL via AC7DX. The "BAD POWER Team's" Web page is at:


Once again, operators G0HSS, G1GEY, G3NKC, G4XUM and M0BEW will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest. For additional interest, they will be operating from the Point of Ayre Lighthouse (Reference number - IOM013). There is a possibility of some activity before the contest with operators using their own callsigns (especially 160m!). QSL to G3NKC; or Bureau request through their Web page at:


A reminder that Randy (W5UE/PZ5UE), Darryl (KD5CQT/PZ5CQ), and Glenn (K2FF/PZ5FF) of the Magnolia DX Association (MDXA) will join forces with Ramon (PZ5RA) to operate from Suriname during the period October 20-28th. Look for PZ5UE, PZ5CQ, and PZ5FF to be very active on all bands/modes outside the CQWW SSB Contest, and be sure to work PZ5A (Multi-Two) during the contest. Their Web page has complete information regarding the operation. QSL via W5UE for PZ5A and home callsigns for pre-contest operation. Web page is:


Tex, 9M2TO, informs OPDX that he is having a problem with cards being sent direct to Penang QTH. Over the last few months, Tex has received many direct QSLs without RETURN POSTAGE. He thinks someone is opening and taking the IRCs out of the envelopes. So, he is requesting to please send DIRECT QSL to JA0DMV: Tex Izumo, 827 Nakanojyou UEDA, Nagano 386-0034, JAPAN. 9M2TO's QSL status is still 100% automatically through the JARL bureau. He has already sent out 150,000 QSLs through the BUREAU.

NEW MANAGER. Effective immediately, N4QB is not the QSL Manager for A61AJ.

Joe, DF6IC, wants to remind everyone that if you want to get your QSL cards direct via airmail or land for his recent FO/DL6IC Austral DXpedition the postcards from Germany the cost: 1.50 or 1.76 USD.

Special event station VI3BVS was active this past Sunday to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Victoria's first European settlement. The operators were Ron/VK3AFW, Jim/VK3PC and Barry/VK3JBR. A commemorative QSL card will be available. QSL via VK3WI or through the bureau.

NEW QSL MANAGER for VB2R and VB2V. James Davidson, VE3TPZ, who is currently QSL Manager for VC2C Canadian and International, has taken on the additional duties for the callsigns VB2R and VB2V. James has started working on clearing out the backlog bureau cards that he has recently received. If you are awaiting a QSL card you, may E-mail him to check the logbook and see if your request is in the current batch of cards received recently from the bureau. His E-mail address is:

There will be a large shipment of cards shipped out in the next few days for VB2R,VB2V and VC2C.

The VK9XW operation is now QRT. The Germans logged 13000 QSOs. The log (along with pictures of the DXpedition) is now available at the following Web site:


YI9X QSLS. Steve, OM3JW, informs OPDX that after the R/J RTTY Contest he received some direct QSLs for Mike's activity as YI9X. He reports that he is having basic QSL cards printed and will get them around the end of October. Full colored YI9X QSL will be printed and ready later at the end of year (because he is still waiting for photos from Baghdad). Communication between Steve and his son Mike, OM2DX, is only via radio or satellite phone. There is no Internet hookup at the Slovak Embassy yet. Please be patient, and don't send duplicate QSL. "Thanks! 73!", Steve, OM3JW.

Several sources are reporting that the YASME legend Danny Weil, VP2VB, has become a Silent Key on October 3rd in San Antonio. Danny sailed/traveled the Atlantic, Pacific and Carribean, plus was active from many DXCC entities (30 were mentioned). OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Danny's family and friends. For more on the life of Danny Weil, please go to the following Web site and read the obituary at:


Jack Haden, VK2GJH (ex-T20JH), informs OPDX: "It's with much sadness that I wish to report the passing of Ian T. Anderson T20AA, of Funafuti, Tuvalu. Ian passed on last Friday, October 3rd, from a heart attack, aged 79 years. Ian was much travelled and formerly signed as GM4JAB, ZD9BT, VP8GZ, J87BD and T2ITA. A former commercial band operator, Ian enjoyed his amateur radio and was well known for his Scottish wit and humour. From Tuvalu he was very active on HF and six meters, mostly CW, before sickness prevented him operating further. Ian is survived by his wife Fipe, five children and three grandchildren. The Pacific has lost one of its more colourful radio amateurs." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Ian's family and friends.

Naoki, JE7RJZ, will be visiting Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as a member of a TV crew between October 24-29th. He hopes to be active in his spaer time plus participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as UK/JE7RJZ. Naoki has not decided what entry yet. QSL via JE7IDA by the JARL bureau or direct to: Kunihiko Nanao, 2-5-4, Mitsuwari, Morioka, 020-0011 JAPAN.

The Sandusky Radio Club, W8LBZ, will be active November 7-9th from Kelley's Island (OH-001L) located in Lake Erie, Erie county, Ohio, for the United States Island Award (USI). Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters, mostly SSB, using the club call. QSL direct, with SASE, to W8LBZ (Sandusky Radio Experimental League, Inc., 2909 West Perkins Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870, USA), or via the bureau for DX.

The German team is now active as VK9CD. Their activity will last until October 23rd. The first night there they worked via satellite AO-40, and Hartmut, DM5TI, worked more than 100 stations. As this was been written, their activity was mostly on 20 and 15 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. REMEMBER: QSL this activity only to DJ5IW.

This DXCC entity has become very active lately. The German team active as VK9XW went QRT over the past weekend and is now on Cocos-Keeling Island (active as VK9CD). By the time you read this, the YL group should be active as VK9XYL until October 27th. Also (and just a reminder), look for Charlie, W0YG, to be active as VK9XG between October 26th and November 8th. Charlie informs OPDX that he will concentrate on the low bands and RTTY for the States. He mentioned that he has already shipped some of the equipment there and that David Burger, VK2CZ, who is going to the island about a week before him, will unpack and set up his station. David is also bringing antennas and will install them as well (antennas from Force 12). Charlie states, "While I cannot operate 24 hours a day, I will be on as much as practical considering I want to explore sights on the island a bit. My present intentions are to operate mostly when there are common periods of darkness between Christmas Island and the States which will also mean many other areas of the world will also have propagation and can work me then too." Please QSL direct only to W0YG. No bureau cards please.

Operators Ray/KC5EA, Sheila/N5HGB, Gordon/N5AU, Robert/ N5KO, Jeff/N5TJ and John/K5MR will be active as VP2E for the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi-Single class. They are going to try for a new North American record score. QSL via N5AU.

Members of the North Florida DX Association will activate Middle Caicos (NA-002) as VP5DX in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. Operators are William/K4UTE, Ron/N4KE, Jim/NU4Y, Mike/NF4L, Mike/N4EPD, David/WA4ET and Steve/AB4UF. QSL VP5DX via NU4Y, all operators will use homecall/VP5 before and after the contest; QSL to their home calls. The first guys will arrive October 16th, and everyone will leave by October 30th.

Don, K6IPV, informs OPDX that he and Dave, W6AQ, will arrive on Rarotonga about 9:00 PM (local time) on October 20th. After a decent nights sleep, they will start assembling the antennas. They will have N6FF's 40/75/160 vertical set up right at the high-water line, and Dave's SteppIR 3-element Yagi up at least 18 feet (maybe as much as 36 feet). The rig will be a K2/100 driving an ACOM amp. They hope to be on the air by the afternoon of the 21st. They are going to operate mostly SSB with some CW and, they hope, RTTY and PSK-31. Licenses are in hand. Don is ZK1IPV, Dave is ZK1AQT, and they will use ZK1SSB for the CQ WW SSB Contest. QSL Manager is W6ORD. They will not have a Web page. Don mentions that they will be next door to Victor, ZK1CG, who has been a tremendous help to them with their living and operating arrangements. They look forward to meeting him and Jim, ZK1JD, who has the mast sections they will use for the beam. Victor has offered his shack and antennas if they run into any trouble. Their wives will be with them, so they will not be on the air constantly before and after the contest. They will probably operate a lot of late afternoons and nights, getting tuned up for the contest. They will tear everything down on the afternoon of October 28th.

Operators Raphael/VE2CVI, Paul/VE2PGI and Sebastien/VE2GTZ will be active from ZONE 2 as VE2CVI during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). For more details, watch the Web page at:


Fred, VE3JM, will be active from CQ ZONE 2 as VO2WL in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. He will be in Zone 2 between October 22-26th. QSL via VE3JM.

ZONE 2 (Update/More)
Team-Zone 2 will activate "CQ Zone 2" (Grid Square FO11) for CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). During the contest, look for the special event callsign VB2C to be used to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first voyage of Samuel de Champlain to Canada in 1603. For more information, please visit the Web page at:

Their operating plan during the contest will be 160-10 meters, SSB only. There are two specific QSL routes for VB2C:

   USA/International Direct             Canada/International Direct
        and Bureau:                              and Bureau:
    Dennis Egan, NB1B                      James Davidson, VE3TPZ
    3 Keith Rd, Wayland                    65 Youngs St, Stratford
    MA 01778-4517  USA                     ON N5A 1J5 Canada

For sked requests and any additional information, send E-mail to:


Joaquim, PS7JN, informs OPDX that he is planning a DXpedition to PY0S again, possibly March or April of 2004. He will probably sign ZW0S again. However, he is looking for a sponsor. He states that his radio equipment is old and the salt from past operations has taken their toll on the radio and accesories. If interested in helping, E-mail Joaquim at: dasvirgens@yahoo.com.br Also, visit his Web pages at:


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